FF Pickups WEEK 5


Bring on the byes!

The next few weeks many teams take their weekly break. I hope that you planned properly when you drafted, but just in case here are some interesting pickups for week #5 that will help you fill your empty roster spots because of bye weeks, followed by a great recipe for Smoked Salsa and information about smoking vegetables.


NFL Upcoming Byes

Week 5 Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Tampa Bay
Week 6 Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans
Week 7 Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego
Week 8 Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston
Week 9 New England, New York Jets, San Francisco, St. Louis
Week 10 Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay, Washington
Week 11 Minnesota, New York Giants, Seattle, Tennessee


Week 5 Pickups: (by position)




Brian Hartline

In my post, “FF pickups week 3“, I made the case for Brian. Last week, he made the case himself with 12 for 253 and a TD against the Cardinals. It marks his second 100+ yard effort in the last 3 weeks and shows he has the FLEX appeal you need.


Andre Roberts

Lil’ Andre caught 6 for 118 and a pair of scores last week. This gives him 4 on the year. More than Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Graham, Julio Jones, and Anquan Boldin to name a few. He may be worth a stash for your bench.


James Jones

As I mentioned in my last post, Jennings may be out for awhile. Last week Jones caught five of his six targets for 56 yards and two touchdowns. If he is available, plug and play with JJ.


Mike Williams

Last week for the Bucs, Williams caught four of his eight targets for 115 yards. I am not sure I would start him, but if you can’t get one of the other three above, grab him.




Jackie Battle

If you own Mathews, you have to pickup his “toby’. Ryan Mathews was on the bench for much of the San Diego Chargers’ 37-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, a move viewed by some as payback after his costly fumble in Week 3. Now I am not saying that Battle will take over the #1 RB for the Chargers, but if Mathews goes down, it would be nice to have Battle on your roster and not have to risk not getting him off waivers.


Ronnie Hillman

While he was inactive for week 2 due to a coach’s decision, but after Willis McGahee got banged up in Week 3, he was trusted with an extra workload last week and managed 12 for 63. I mentioned that I would not trust “What you Talkin’ ‘Bout” Willis the rest of the way making Ronnie one to stash and break glass in case of emergency.




Ryan Fitzpatrick

He’s looked great for four straight weeks and is coming off his best performance of the year against the Patriots with 4 passing TDs and 350 yards. I got a feeling he will be passing a lot going forward and you can do worse as your back up or bye week fill in.


Ryan Tannehill

The Dolphins have faced the some great passing defenses in the NFL, the Houston Texans in week 1, The Raiders in week 2, and the Jets in week 3. And last week we saw Tannehill and the Dolphins go up against a surprisingly stout Arizona Cardinals defense. What did he do? He shined, completing 26 of 41 passes for 431 yards. This week he faces a terrible Cincinnati Bengals’ defense and can be used if you have to sit, Brees, Cam or Cutler.



Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings Defense have been great so far. They continue to score points against good teams. The Vikings have allowed just 18 points and 315 yards per game. They are also averaging three sacks and a turnover per game. This week they face a Tennessee Titans offense that look to be missing Jake Locker.  this = success.


St. Louis Rams

Eventhough I hate Cortland Finnegan, he is shutting down #1 WRs. James Laurinaitis is a stud and Quintin Mikell is one of the emerging safeties in the league. On top of that, they have Chris Long, Michael Brockers, and Robert Quinn on their D-Line.  Not bad to be used for match ups going forward.





Smokin’ Vegetables


In my Post, “FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT week #3” I gave you my insight on grilling vegetables. This time around it’s about smoking them.  Now this is not a complete list and just a ballpark as far as times, but you can use it to estimate how much time is needed to smoke any fruit or vegetable that’s comparable in the thickness of the skin, the density and size of the produce in the list.  Times are based on whole produce, unless otherwise specified.


Potato or Sweet Potato: 2 to 2.5 hours

Cabbage: 2 to 2.5 hours

Tomato: 1 to 1.5 hours

Squash: 2 to 2.5 hours

Eggplant: 1.5 to 2 hours

Onion: 1 to 1.5 hours

Garlic: 1 to 1.5 hours

Peppers: 1 hour

Citrus Fruit, cut in half: 1 hour




Smoked Salsa

All of the produce, except the cilantro is smoked – even the lime.  The sweeter Vidalia onion will balance the heat and smokiness.



4 Smoked tomatoes, diced

1 Smoked Vidalia Onion, diced

2 Smoked jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and diced

2 Smoked limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped

Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper

2 ears of corn, boiled, kernels cut from cob (optional)

1/2 teaspoon cumin (optional)



Combine tomato, onion, jalapeno in a medium bowl and stir.

Add lime juice, oil, cilantro, salt, and pepper, corn and cumin.

Cover Refrigerate, and bring to room temperature before serving.




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